FEASSSA President Mugisha pledges to preserve schools’ sporting heritage during ISF recognition

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Justus Mugisha, President of FEASSSA, Ugandan Minister of State for Sports
Hon. Peter Ogwang, Frank Mahenge (President of the Tanzania Schools Sports Body) as well as the Tanzanian Association received monumental plaques from the International School Sports Federation (ISF).

The President of the Federation of Secondary School Sports Associations (FEASSSA), Justus Mugisha, has commended the International School Sports Federation (ISF) for the deliberate effort to oversee the smooth running of sport among young people in schools around the world .

Mugisha made the presentation at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania, as the FEASSSA region welcomed ISF President Laurent Petrynka for the very first time.

Petrynka, alongside ISF sports director Josip Košutić, is on a working visit as 20e The FEASSSA games are underway in the city of Arusha, Tanzania.

From left to right: Josip Košutić (ISF Sports Director), Justus Mugisha (President of FEASSSA), Laurent Petrynka and a representative from Kenya (Credit: USSSA Media)

The FEASSSA boss was among the special figures awarded with the ISF Special Plaque of Honor for distinguished service in school sport over the years.

Uganda’s Minister of State for Sports, Hon. Peter Ogwang, Frank Mahenge (president of the sports organization of the schools of Tanzania) as well as the Tanzanian association also received these monumental plaques.

It is a dream come true that we as East Africa hosted the ISF President for the very first time. We are undoubtedly the most active region and we have been competing between schools since 2001. I thank the president of the ISF for this special opportunity and all the support he has given us.

Justus Mugisha, President of FEASSSA

FEASSSA President Justus Mugisha addressing delegates at Four Points By Sheraton in Arusha, Tanzania. (USSSA Media)

Mugisha, also a member of the ISF technical committee on football, vice-president of FUFA and president of USSSA, also spoke about the application of the database to combat age cheating among students as one of the main strategic plans to come.

He also pledged to keep the grassroots sports campaign going.

Petrynka openly expressed her joy at this historic visit to the Eastern region.

“We are not only here for the anniversary (20th edition of the FEASSSA Games), but also for a number of other reasons,” revealed the Frenchman who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“We are here for friendship (mutual respect), strengthening the link with the 134 members of the ISF, innovation (data, age, format, competitions), participation in the development of the national program (development from the ISF Academy and a realistic dream for Africa to thrive in sport,” he added.

Petrynka also pledged support to ISF members in terms of technical development, finance and others.

Petrynka and Košutić then watched the football match between Ugandan St Andrew Kaggwa Gombe High School and Tanzanian Kiwira Coal Mines SS School.

Yasin Mimosa was on target for St Andrew Kaggwa Gombe High in their 1-0 win.

Mimosa’s dazzling header from a Travis Mutyaba corner kick won the day for the Ugandan side who are now at the mercy of another Ugandan school, Kibuli SS, to advance to the semi-finals.

Kibuli will face Kenya’s Highway SS on Wednesday.

The Kenyans only need one result, a victory to advance to the semi-finals.

The 20th FEASSSA Games include football, netball, volleyball, handball, hockey, basketball (3X3 and 5X5), athletics, swimming, badminton, tennis, table tennis and goalball for deaf.

These games were officially opened by Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa at Shiekh Amri Abeid Stadium in Arusha City.

Games end on Saturday 24e September 2022.

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